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McCormick & Company wants to save the world from boring food. They are well positioned to do just that with their extensive lineup of flavors, spices, herbs and condiments.
And while the McCormick logo is instantly recognizable from the aisles of the grocery store, most of what traditionally has gone on at the South Bend Plant is for corporate customers in the food manufacturing and restaurant industry. But a recent expansion in South Bend adds a product that is sold directly to consumers.
When you board an airplane, the welcoming flight crew gives you a sense of confidence that you’re in good hands. When you meet Mike Daigle, the new executive director at South Bend Airport, you get the same feeling of confidence that the future of the airport is in good hands.
What’s one of the best places to work in the entire state of Indiana?
South Bend’s Lawson-Fisher Associates, a civil engineering firm serving the public and private sectors since 1971.
Outside Dave Lerman’s office on a recent winter morning, a steady parade of semitrailers passes back and forth, carrying tons of steel into the plants for processing and then out to deliver to customers. The scene is not much different from what it was more than 60 years ago when Lerman’s father, Nathan, started Steel Warehouse in South Bend.
What has changed is the number of trucks, the destination of those trucks, the steel they carry and the added-value processes the steel has gone through.
Step inside the heavy glass doors of the Pfeil Innovation Center, and instantly you are greeted with a softly backlit wet bar in elegant shades of plum and black, accented by tasteful paintings and wall sculptures. A tempting array of display cases stocked with colorful food items invites you to step around the room for a close reading of the explanatory captions.
An intriguing assortment of books, props and familiar household objects on bookshelves awaits further exploration. Smooth jazz music plays quietly in the background.
By the time David Huber was ready to retire from Imagineering Finishing Technologies, the company he founded in 1959, F. James Hammer already had plans. Hammer had risen rapidly through a succession of management positions and understood the dynamics of running the day-to-day operations.
The bold, angular “G” tipped on its side, affixed to an odd collection of buildings along south Main Street in South Bend, is a positive sign.
It’s a sign that those buildings, bought one at a time as the local company has expanded, prove there’s still plenty of life ahead for the local business as it nears its 90th birthday.
General Sheet Metal Works, founded in 1922 originally as a supplier for the legendary Studebaker auto manufacturer, is alive and well.
Valued as much for its gently rolling topography as for its immediate access to the regional airport, the Indiana Toll Road and a major U.S. bypass, the 5,281-acre Blackthorn Development Area on South Bend’s far-northwestside was initially created to make South Bend better able to compete for new office complexes, warehouse and light industrial development.
The website alone is a feast of succulent images and the implied promise of equally luscious flavors: a chorus line of diaphanous citrus slices tumbles across a backlit scrim; cucumber coins sport fluffy dollops of creamy garnish; an elegant cheese-and-fruit platter sits poised next to wine glasses.
As the images appear and fade and reappear, small banners move in to proclaim simple messages.
For Jay Wilkinson, president and CEO of South Bend-based Peoplelink Staffing Solutions, convincing people to relocate and take a job in the region comes easy.
Peter Brändström knows a good thing when he sees it.
In this case, that “good thing” — the combination of specialized manufacturing, a centralized national location and favorable proximity to partners and customers — happens to be in South Bend.
It’s dinnertime in South Bend, and everybody’s hungry. Do you choose a chain restaurant just like the ones you can find in nearly any city, or do you opt for one of the locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurants?
For the growing number of restaurants joining the newly formed downtown dining association of South Bend, the owners are betting that many people would choose the latter option.
While it probably doesn’t rank very high on any infant’s list of favorite hospital experiences, the familiar “heel stick” blood-draw, routinely performed 48 to 96 hours after birth, has saved countless lives by screening newborns for a host of metabolic disorders.
On a sunny, windswept day in March — the kind of day Charles Dickens once described as summer in the sunlight and winter in the shade — the dry brown stalks on the fields of JFNew’s native plant nursery in Walkerton bear little resemblance to the luscious greenery pictured on the company’s website.
It’s a good thing Claude Donati and Dave Middleton didn’t heed the conventional wisdom about the direction of the RV industry.
Had they looked at drooping RV sales figures, or listened to the doomsayers who proclaimed the industry all but deceased, they might not have established their startup, Nexus RV, at Innovation Park at Notre Dame. Tapping the intellectual resources available at Innovation Park, they developing a strategic game plan for a whole new RV enterprise rooted in the pioneering concept of building and selling motor homes from the same facility.
The building at 6561 Lonewolf Drive all but leaps off its perch at the crest of a hollow, a Jules-Verne-meets-Willie-Wonka-esque meld of sweeping curvilinear planes and jutting angles, defying you to tear your eyes away.
If you can’t figure out how to buy the right tire for your vehicle after checking out the Tire Rack website, you just aren’t trying.
The online retailer of name-brand performance tires and accessories to consumers and to other retailers spells out everything for all who log in. There’s something for everyone, from the novice buying snow tires for the first time, to the enthusiast who stays current on all the latest trends.
Using nanotechnology equipment in the Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering, University of Notre Dame professor Gary Bernstein is working to perfect a technology that sounds more like something you’d buy at a Mennonite relief sale than something you’d find at the heart of a groundbreaking technology.
You’re on the phone discussing complex issues with a client, and the two of you soon realize a face-to-face meeting is in order. You need a location that is centrally located, has ample parking space, and — oh yes — happens to have a dizzying display of freshly made chocolates on hand.
You know, just in case your client has a hankering for something sinfully sweet, locally made and distinctive to the city of South Bend.
No question about it, you’ll hold your meeting at the South Bend Chocolate Co. Chocolate Café.
With her extensive background in teaching students with disabilities, Gina Anderson recognized that it is more effective for people to learn when the lesson is tied to situations to which they can relate.
When David Rhoa was looking to expand his business to a second location, he did his homework, researching various cities in a three-state area.
It didn’t take him long to conclude that South Bend would be the ideal spot.
A leading provider of document creation, mail assembly, mail processing, presorting, data management, digital marketing and distribution services, Lake Michigan Mailers had been located in Michigan since its beginnings in 1977 and headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich., since 1999.
To look at the lovely, traditional-looking homes clustered along a tree-lined street close to downtown, it’s hard to believe that a little more than a year ago, most of them were still in the final stages of construction.
Today, less than a year after the last home was finished, Notre Dame Avenue Homes are completely sold out.
While that may not be the typical scenario for the rest of the housing market, for Dave Weiss, soft-spoken owner and CEO of Weiss Homes, it’s very much business as usual.
On a mild September afternoon, crowds have gathered on a sunlit blacktop to cheer on their favorite teams of 20 people from area businesses – some attired in superhero garb – engaged in a game of tug-of-war.
At the other end of the rope hulks an 80,000-lb. semi truck emblazoned with the Towne Air Freight logo on its side.
When Mack Tool & Engineering began 22 years ago in South Bend, the sky literally was not the limit.
That’s because its first customers were in the aerospace industry.
“My dad always ran other people’s machine shops very successfully,” says Paul Hartz, president of the company. “I was a junior at Purdue when I got a call from my mother saying, ‘Your dad wants to mortgage the house and start a machine shop!’ We started off doing aerospace work, and this led to other niches.”
As microprocessors have gotten faster, and as computer chip companies place more and more processors on a single “multi-core” chip, a bottleneck has developed that clogs the flow of data between processors and memory.
Emu is developing innovative solutions for reducing or eliminating the data bottleneck through their proprietary “Enhanced Memory Utilization (Emu)” hardware and software technology.